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Japan's convenience stores offer new perks to lure workers

Chains fight labor crunch with day care and cheap gadgets

Convenience stores in Japan heavily rely on foreign student part-time workers.

TOKYO -- Convenience store operators in Japan, facing a deepening labor shortage, are offering fringe benefits such as discounts on home electronics and on-site day care centers to attract part-time workers.

FamilyMart is partnering with home products maker Iris Ohyama to offer part-time workers at FamilyMart stores nationwide discounts of up to 60% on rice cookers and other appliances.

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